What is a precinct?
The precinct is the smallest political unit in the country. As you know, the precinct is where elections are won and lost. It is your neighborhood. You know the people and you know what issues are most important to them.
What is a Precinct Delegate?
The role of a precinct delegate is one of the most important yet least understood of any elected office. It is the active precinct delegate who wins elections for their Rebublican or Democratic Party.
Precinct delegates are elected directly by the voters of each local voting precinct to serve as a “bridge” between voters and their party itself. As a precinct delegate, you represent your Party in your neighborhood and you represent your neighborhood at the Party's meetings. As a Precinct Delegate, you will:
* Help get registered to vote.
* Take information on issues and candidates to the voters in your precinct.
* Identify and recruit new party members.
* Help turn out the Party vote in your neighborhood on Election Day.
* Keep Party leaders informed about the issues that concern voters.
How do Precinct Delegates get elected?
Precinct delegates are elected in the Primary Election. Only Party voters will choose their precinct delegates.
Each precinct is allotted a number of precinct delegates based on past voting strength.
Your district or county chair will be able to tell you how many delegate positions have been allocated to your precinct.
Precinct delegate candidates file an Affidavit of Identity for ballot access. There is no longer a petition requirement for precinct delegate candidates. A precinct delegate candidate can file with the clerk of their county, city, or township or residence. (Formerly, all precinct delegate candidates filed at the county level.) Your Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.
Candidates for precinct delegate must file their Affidavit of Identity form with their clerk. The filing deadline for precinct delegate candidates falls on the twelfth Tuesday prior to the August primary. A precinct delegate can now be elected with just one vote. (Formerly a precinct delegate needed a three-vote minimum.)
What are their responsibilities?
They are the campaign leaders for their Party in their precincts. After the primary, those elected will be officially notified by the county clerk by mail. The notification will include the time and place of their district or county convention. Precinct delegates should take their official notification to the district or county convention to register with the convention credentials committee.
District or county conventions will elect delegates to the state convention. These conventions may also debate or adopt resolutions for recommendation to the state convention’s platform committee.
The state convention will debate and adopt a platform for:
* Lt. Governor
* Attorney General
* Secretary of State
* Supreme Court Justices
* State Board or Education
* university boards
Checklist to Become a Precinct Delegate:
* Obtain a precinct map from the county, city, or township clerk’s office.
* Find out the number of your Party's precinct delegate vacancies in your precinct.
* File your Affidavit of Identity with your county, city, or township clerk.
* Find out how many candidates have filed for precinct delegate in your precinct.
* Your Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.
* Contact your neighbors, friends, and family living in your precinct for their support.
How and What to File?
All candidates for precinct delegate must file an Affidavit of Identity. Petition signatures are not required. The Affidavit of Identity must be notarized. Must be a qualified and registered voter residing within, as well as having his or her actual bona fide residence within, the election precinct for which he or she desires to become a candidate. Precinct Delegates are not subject to Michigan Campaign Finance Act requirements.
Sample Affidavit of Identity form
Sample Declaration of Intent write-in form